Based on findings from our prior trials with parents of children with learning and attentional disabilities and parents of children with autism spectrum disorder (Kuhlthau et al., 2020; Park et al., 2020; IRB approved: #:2016P001622 and 2016P002037 respectively), the investigators propose to pilot test and refine the adapted resiliency intervention (SMART-3RP) among fathers of children with special health care needs.



Eligible Ages
Over 18 Years
Eligible Genders
Accepts Healthy Volunteers

Inclusion Criteria

  • Self-reported identify as father or male guardian of at least one child with special health care needs (e.g., autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy, dyslexia) - Age 18 or older - Ability to participate in group, virtual sessions including access to computer, tablet, or smartphone and internet.

Exclusion Criteria

  • unable to speak or read English - unwilling or unable to participate in the study - considered medically or otherwise unable to participate by the study PI.

Study Design

Study Type
Intervention Model
Single Group Assignment
Intervention Model Description
We ran two groups of a resiliency intervention.
Primary Purpose
None (Open Label)

Arm Groups

ArmDescriptionAssigned Intervention
Open Pilot
An adapted version of the Relaxation Response Resiliency Program (3RP) for fathers of CYSHCN. The adapted program incorporates the three prongs of the 3RP: RR elicitation, stress awareness, and adaptive strategies.
  • Behavioral: Relaxation Response Resiliency Program for Father of CYSHCN
    Virtually delivered psycho-educational resiliency training program for fathers of CYSHCN

More Details

Massachusetts General Hospital

Study Contact

Detailed Description

This is an open pilot study. Based on Phase I findings (IRB #2021P002838), the investigators propose to enroll up to 12 fathers (in 2 groups) of children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) in the adapted SMART-3RP intervention. The SMART-3RP is an 8-session mind-body resiliency intervention that will be conducted virtually. Participants will complete the study survey at baseline and immediately following the intervention. As this is a pilot, participants will also be asked to provide weekly feedback on program sessions and participate in an exit interview following the intervention. The intervention may be iteratively modified as the investigators receive feedback from participants.


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